Out of AfricaOut of Africa
With the curtains coming down on one of the biggest sporting spectacles, India can take some cues from South Africa’s hosting of FIFA World Cup 2010 as it gets closer to staging the Commonwealth Games. Vaibhav Sharma reports after a visit to the soccer-struck nation
HEY say it is the biggest sports extravaganza on earth. Bigger and better than anything that happens in the four years between each event. Yes, it is the FIFA World Cup that we are talking about. This is the tournament, which can halt business, diplomatic meetings and, at times, even nations.

In search of a home
Floods and cyclones bring hundreds of homeless people to Kolkata from rural areas. They come looking for a living, but end up on the streets. Without documents, they are deprived of citizen rights, writes Ajitha Menon
HE lady in the tattered and dirty sari perches herself precariously on the railing below the Gariahat flyover in South Kolkata, cooing over an emaciated baby, nursing at her breast. Both of them are caked in dust. A cloth bundle, torn in several places, hangs from her shoulder. It holds the sum total of her belongings.

Seductive Sydney
There is so much to see and experience in this charming city that it is not unusual for first-time visitors to lose their heart to it, writes Anil Sarwal
YDNEY is the dream city for the young and old alike, though not in the same way that New York is. The lasting impression of this beautiful city is that it is quite laid back. You do not feel swept off your feet when you enter the city centre.

Divine romance
Meetu Dhawan
aasleela is considered as one of the most delightful, romantic and picturesque events in the life of Krishna. As an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Krishna signifies and glorifies joy. The 10th chapter of the Bhagwata Purana discusses all his leelas during childhood and youth.

Plato Code cracked
N what could be called a historical discovery, a science historian at the University of Manchester has cracked The Plato Code — the long-disputed secret messages hidden in the great philosopher’s writings. Plato was the Einstein of Greece’s Golden Age, and his work founded western culture and science.

A drop of life
Abhishek Pathak’s National Award-winning film Boond brings forth the struggle for water and the power it wields, writes Rajendra Rajan
bhishek Pathak’s Boond, a crisp and captivating melodrama weaved in 25 minutes, left the audience spellbound at the Indian Panorama Festival 2010, which was held in Shimla recently.

No film is safe: Sonam Kapoor
Joginder Tuteja
hE is just two films old in Bollywood, and neither of her silver screen outings managed to get the cash registers ringing, but actress Sonam Kapoor says she is not going the "safe" way with her third film, rom-com I Hate Luv Storys.


'ART & SOUL: A much-loved tale
by B. N. Goswamy

TELEVISION: Crime pays

Globoscope: Royal feast
by Ervell E. Menezes

Food talk: Go for this fry-easy paneer
by Pushpesh Pant

Check on the firm before making purchases
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTATo err is referee
by Jaspal Bhatti


Reflections on existence
Reviewed by Shelley Walia
The Meaning of Life
By Terry Eagleton.
Oxford University Press.
Pages 209. £7.99.

Metro’s dirty underbelly
Reviewed by Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu
Arrack in the Afternoon
By Mathew Vincent Menacherry.
Pages 315. Rs 350.

Redefining market culture
Reviewed by Sumit Ahlawat
Bazaars, Conversation, and Freedom: For a Market Culture Beyond Greed and Fear
By Rajni Bakshi.
Penguin Books.
Pages 447. Rs 450.

Insightful forecast
Reviewed by Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal
India on the Growth Turnpike: Essays in Honour of Vijay L. Kelkar
Ed. Sameer Kochhar.
Academic Foundation, New Delhi.
Pages 317. Rs 995.

Not in the news
A book on gender reporting examines how women often get sidelined in news stories. Excerpts...
bjectivity is the ideal all journalists strive for. We believe that our training equips us to distance ourselves as we report on a whole range of situations and comment on everything from films to fires to terrorism. Yet, scratch any journalist and you will soon discover that this objectivity is precisely that – a desirable norm that cannot be easily attained.

Gay reading
Madhusree Chatterjee
Now, an Indian bookstore in cyberia caters to queer folks
His bookshop in cyberspace is queer...literally! It caters to the country's alternative community of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans-gender (LGBT) people and stacks up on genres like history of queer life, erotica and queer lingo.

Master storyteller
John Walsh
AME Beryl Bainbridge, one of the finest, most prolific and most loved British novelists of the 20th century, has died of cancer, aged 75. Beryl was born in Liverpool and brought up in Formby. It was a tense, uneasy childhood, of family rows and slammed doors; Beryl evoked it movingly in A Quiet Life (1976).

Back of the book
Bourne, Bihar and bilingual epics
The Bourne Objective
By Eric Van Lustbader.
Hachette Book Group. $ 27.99.

Nobody Does the Right Thing
By Amitava Kumar.
Duke University. $ 21.95.

Tiger Hills
By Sarita Mandanna.
Penguin-Viking. Rs 599.

Shree Ramayana Mahanveshanam 
By Veerappa Moily.
Rupa & Co. Rs 1,500.